A raft of Cricket NSW staff had the privilege of hosting all-abilities club, Blowfly Cricket, at head office at Sydney Olympic Park last month.
Blowfly Cricket founder Mark Rushton and President Jordan Jones, along with six participants and their parents, all spoke about their lives and involvement in cricket to provide perspective for staff about what makes a successful all-abilities program.
Staff then had the opportunity to chat one-on-one with players, parents and volunteers to better understand how CNSW can create more inclusive cricket programs across the state.
Following the presentation and break out time, the participants from Blowfly Cricket had the opportunity to have a net session in the Cricket NSW indoor nets.
Mark Rushton batting in the CNSW nets (Photo supplied).
Daniel Anderson, Cricket Manager – North Shore, organised the session and said the benefits for staff were enormous.
“It was inspiring to hear the passion that all the Blowfly Cricket members displayed and it highlighted the positive impact that inclusive programs can have on participants and their families,” Anderson said.
“Inclusive programs are not as daunting to run as it may seem. Kids with a disability are just like any others and just need opportunity and support to success.
“The impact that cricket can have on participants, their families and the volunteers who help can be life changing.”